Saison Blanc - The Lost Abbey

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Reviews: 51
Hads: 204
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 5.28%
Wants: 7
Gots: 22 | FT: 2
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: HopHead84 on 02-13-2011

Inspired by crisp white wines, Saison Blanc features New Zealand hops, golden raisins and white pepper for a decidedly bright, spicy, and robust low ABV beer. Finished with Brettanomyces at packaging, this beer will evolve for many more years to come.
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Photo of Dodgerrigo77
4.21/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Really nice take on a saison. The hops compliment the golden raisins nicely. Not like champagne but Reminded me of white wine with a bit of pepper & carbonation. Could drink 3-4 bottles on a warm day outside. (208 characters)

Photo of Catracho5
3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

375 bottle poured into a Teku glass

A: High carbonation that created a massive 4 finger head, hazy golden color, lots of lacing, big fluffy head, lots and lots of carbonation streaming up the side of the glass.

A: Getting that Belgian yeast aroma, grainy malty peppery aromas, very complex aromas.

T: Bitter, yeast, peppery, the bitterness lingers with the dry finish, I'm getting an off flavor that doesn't blend with the others, the bitterness seems out of place.

M: High carbonation, dry finish.

O: Not sure what to think, there is some strange bitter flavor aroma in the beer, don't know if that't due to bottle storage or if this is the beer's normal flavor, it just seems off. I would like to try a fresh bottle as this is vintage 2013. Definitely complex, lots going on, but the bitterness seems out of place. (821 characters)

Photo of spacecake9
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Lost Abbey teku glass.
A - Pours a hazy golden straw color with a mountainous, pillowy head. The lacing never goes away. A beautiful looking beer.
S - Yeast and citrus
T - Slightly tart, a little spicy and bitter, reminds me of champagne
F - Dry, medium carbonation
O - Another very good beer from Lost Abbey. I'm not a fan of sours, and this falls more on the tart side rather than sour. Very drinkable, but the dryness means I'll have just one. But I will have it again. (487 characters)

Photo of jellikit
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle.
Appearance: mostly yellow. Slightly hazy. Thin head of large bubbles. Decent lacing.
Smell: Chardonnay-like. Light phenols. Light saison/Belgian yeast.
Taste: light malt followed by wine. Slightly tart, ending with pepper and light hop bitterness.
Mouthfeel: medium carbonation, medium-light body. Dry.
Overall: different take on a saison. Has the backbone of a saison, but leans toward a wine. Maybe Bier de Garde or Geuze. Funky, but a good beer. (471 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I enjoyed this chilled from the corked and caged bottle in a willybecker.

The color is straw golden with light haze and pillowy white head with a fine bead and wavy clinging lace which adorns the glass. The smell is magnificent with a mix of white grape andslight floral aspect with plenty of vinous elements and light grain in the aroma with a mild sweet and earthy odor with slight spicy yet fruity scent of yeast with malt blending with a slight sulfur in the aroma. The feel is very good with nice carbonation level and low sweetness with a light spice texture and mildly tangy yeast with slight peppery texture and malt graininess with slight vinous element in the yeast which also brings a nice dry quality to the feel and still efferverscent in the finish.

The flavor is good with malt up front and a slight spice flavor which is accompanied by yeast mid palate with very dry quality yet nicely carbonated bringing a hint of swetetness and a backdrop to the subtle vinous flavor and earthy peppery aspecet with some mild grain flavor in the finish. Overall I really enjoyed this however it is not exceptional as far as saisons go, although there is nice spice and fruit ...I like how the yeast works in the flavor and raisins add to an overall dry feel which is enjoyyable (1,283 characters)

Photo of Samp01
3.94/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours hazy golden blonde with a medium white fluffy lasting head, some lacing. Aroma is sweet fruity notes, yeast, mild dried fruit and citrus notes Taste is sweet fruit notes, yeast, mildly zesty and peppery spiced hops. A medium body on the palate with good lively carbonation. Finish is mildly sourness and sweet fruity flavors,yeast, some wildly mild sour notes of white grapes with a mild peppery hops bitterness for balance. A very good flavorful brew. (458 characters)

Photo of carlos_fleico
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%

350ml bottle poured into a wide-mouth snifter.

A: Pours a hazy golden color with about three fingers of a white foamy head. Good retention - dissipates quickly leaving lacing behind. You can't see a whole lot of carbonation because of the beer haziness. (4.25)

S: The smell is incredibly amazing. Very spicy, peppery, orange zest, citrusy, very refreshing. The smell is also dry and has a slight faint malt aroma on the back of it. (4.75)

T: Follows the nose on many aspects. Belgian spices stand out, peppery notes and the dryness also do. Orange and lime zest suit this brew incredibly well. Taste is very yeasty, really interesting. Slightly bitter. (4.25)

M: Light-bodied, very light but rich in taste. Extremely refreshing, very dry and it has a little bitterness to it. Even though you can't see the carbonation (due to the beer's haziness), you can definitely feel it. Very carbonated. (4.25)

O: This is definitely among my favorite saisons. The aroma is absolutely great, so is the taste. Definitely recommended. (4.25) (1,032 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +5.5%

(Served in a teku)
A- 4.5 This beer pours a golden yellow body that is 3/4 of a glass of white foam that pushes above the rim. The second pour is quite murky. There are columns of microbubbles traling up the glass.

S- 4 The dry hint of club soda has some clove qualities with a sweet yeasty note and some white tea leaves to finish. There is a soft floral aroma with some field corn and herbaceous qualities as it opens.

T- 4 The dry club soda blends with yeast esters and the finish is dry. Growing more dry as it opens. There is some green peppercorn bite that grows as the beer opens in the aftertaste.

M- 4 The light mouthfeel has a crisp tight fizz with no alcohol heat

O- 3.5 The nice flavor is cut by the really too dry finish that is made worse by the bitterness of the peppercorn. It would be nice to have more yeast character or raisins to balance that flavor. (898 characters)

Photo of draheim
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

375mL into a tulip. Pours a pale hazy yellow w/ a bright white head.

Aroma is intriguing. Lime? Chamomile? Cilantro? Pepper? Orange? I'm getting a lot of surprising smells but the label just says golden raisins and white pepper. Curious...

Taste is likewise complex and unique. Citrus, spice, blood orange, pepper. A rustic, earthy, grassy quality holds it together. Nicely juicy.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, balanced.

Overall a very different saison, and enjoyable. (470 characters)

Photo of FitnessForBeer
3.38/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

A: yellow straw colored very cloudy, almost no head
S: little clean malt, little funk, little grape. Very very light
T: funky, little spices, I get some grape flavor, not sure id say champagne as some would say but close. Grassy light hops. Very dry
M: very little carbonation
O: my father had it at the same time and we both agreed that the smell disappointed and kinda made the beer off putting, most Saisons I've had had a far better smell even the carnevale and the red barn ale. Much prefer the other LA Saisons

Edit: I might have had a bad bottle, I'll give it another go when LA has this years batch (607 characters)

Photo of Bonsall_Phil
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: light and very cloudy, whipped cream head at 1.5 inch holds stubbornly like merengue. Cloudiness is rather disturbing.

N: dirty, light toasted Saison malt strong on the nose, slightly fruit overtone, touch of pepper. Pleasant yeasts.

T: close to the nose. Very nice ale, can pick up the raisins on the taste but not the pepper so much. Very bubbly and light on the mouthfeel, a lingering warmth. (Thick head still holds thru duration)

The appearance threw me, but this is actually a pretty good farmhouse ale. I would purchase and serve to friends. (554 characters)

Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

What a head on this beer! Took me quite some time just to pour. Smells like a dry champagne, drinks like a dry champagne. Don't get much of a raisin flavor to it, but I do get a hint of the white pepper. Overall, I'm enjoying it. It's a pleasant "lazing on a sunny afternoon" kind of beer. (289 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
3.35/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle into snifter. Vintage 2013 printed on bottle.

A: Pours a clear light straw color with a very dense and soft whipped egg-white head that took forever to slowly collapse into a thick mousse of a film. Chunks of rocky laceing were left down the glass.
S: The nose reeks of earthy yeast and herbal, dirty and farmy scents, as well as slightly tart golden fruits, green fruits, golden raisins, and mild white pepper. Strong smelling, unique, and a bit funky.
T: Leafy and herbal notes hit first followed by earthy and musty notes. Fruit brings up the rear and the finish is tingly and slightly sour. I get flavors of damp basement, barnyard, yard trimmings, chopped wood, slight lemon, peach, golden raisins, golden pears, white wine, and green apples. The finish is bready and slightly sweet and the aftertaste contains notes of the white pepper and leafy garden herbs.
M: Frothy tight carbonation bubbles up on my palate. The body is medium, and slightly bitter/sour (not acidic though), and the mouthfeel is airy, light, a tad watery, and fairly smooth.
O: Interesting flavor but a bit off putting at times. Unique, but I probably wouldn’t buy this again. (1,172 characters)

Photo of dank203
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

bottle pops loudly, lots of smoke. pours with a huge unmanageable head. aroma has some banana and peanut butter, earthy grains. really bitter beer, and very tart, lot of citrus peel, lime. well balanced once the head settles. just solid. if not for the price i'd buy more of it (277 characters)

Photo of Flounder57
4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle was poured into a large tulip glass. 2013 vintage cork and cage. I would recommend something with great grip or a corkscrew to open this sucker. At least you can say it was sealed well.

Appearance: This beer poured a frothy two finger head that reduced to a thin layer. Nice layering from reduced head. It is a slightly hazy pale yellow color with bubbles seen coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing as the beer was drank.

Smell: Vanilla, pepper, bready malts, white grapes, apples, pears, and golden raisins.

Taste: White grape, apple, pear, pepper, vanilla, bready malts, golden raisin subtle sweetness, and lingering bitterness in the rear.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, refreshing, a little dry, medium carbonation, a little chewy, and a little bitterness in the rear.

Overall: Pretty solid Saison. I could enjoy these more often. (852 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
2.79/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter. 2013 vintage stamped on the shoulder.

Appearance - Hazy bright orange body. Nice white head. Some chunks settle to the bottom of the glass. A bit of lacing inside.

Smell - Diacetyl, which is really weird. Pear fruit aroma. A little white pepper. Some brett earthiness.

Taste - If I hold my breath and take a sip, I don't get the diacetyl until the very last flavor. Grainy malt with some doughy sweetness. Pepper is much more prominent. The finish is bretty with that diacetyl flavor.

Mouthfeel - Medium heavy. Heavier than I expected it to be. A little sweet. Medium carbonation.

Overall - As always, once I get that diacetyl aroma, that's all I can focus on. Ruined the rest of the beer. (731 characters)

Photo of kevanb
3.06/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

375ml bottle, 2013 vintage, poured into a The Lost Abbey Teku.

First off, the cork was literally fused to the bottle, requiring not only a corkscrew, but also a pocket knife to open, which was a struggle for about 5-10 minutes. Once the cork was removed, parts of it were still stuck to the side of the bottle. The beer pours a very soft straw color, hues of gold, orange and lemon peel, hazy and cloudy with a few noticeable bubbles rising to the top of the glass. A big, 3 finger head, white in color and soapy and frothy in texture rises from the beer and settles nicely leaving huge swatches of lace behind. The aroma is very peppery, yeasty with a big amount of ripe fruit, soft malt, light earthy funk and some tangy citrus. It's not very balanced or remarkable, but complex to the style, it just comes off as a bit harsh rather than delicate. The flavors really accentuate the sharpness, lots of prickly pepper, ripe fruit, don't really denote any raisin character which is unfortunate as it's a signature ingredient, but the yeasty fruit flavors are more on the lighter side. There is some soft funk, earth, but this beer is really dominated by the pepper and its sharpness. The body doesn't really tone that down at all, it's quite carbonated, extremely crisp, and a bit abrasive. The finish is a bit smoother and creamier on the lips, but it's certainly dry and zippy as it goes down.

Verdict: A miss from The Lost Abbey. The pepper really takes over this beer and the body is a bit too much when matched with this flavor profile. I had no trouble finishing a 375ml bottle, but I doubt I'd ever purchase this again. (1,627 characters)

Photo of joe1510
4.17/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375ml
$5.49
Kenwood Liquors - Homer Glen, IL

Good luck popping the cork. I had to resort to a corkscrew. The body is straw golden, very pale, when leaving the bottle but appears more like filtered honey when in the glass. There is a murkiness to the body and excessive swirling carbonation. An impressive three finger head easily forms on the pour becoming meringue like and leaving big chunky lacing. This is a great looking saison!

Grassy herbals and orchard fruit intermingle with a spicy white pepper characteristic. Gritty pear and slightly underripe peach kick things off. A deep whiff pulls up white grapes more so than raisins but either way it's deep in the background. The white pepper adds a nice kick to the somewhat spicy esters and buzzsaw dry grassiness. The spice is subtle but noticeable. The grassy hoppiness is bold.

Stride for stride the flavor profile keeps up with the nose. Orchard fruits begin and follow through to the finish. Spicy white pepper kicks up in the middle along with some subtle spicy esters and white grapes. There's a flash of candi sugar like sweetness before the swallow where the grassy bitterness takes over. I'm a fan of the ebb and flow of fruit, spice, and grass.

The body is light and the carbonation is dialed in like some of the best examples of the style. The carbonation is active enough in fact to get the tongue tingling before that buzzsaw of grassy hoppiness cuts through. A dry finish accentuates the white pepper and bitterness.

Saison Blanc tastes like a fresh, old school saison. I don't very often come across the noble hop bitterness in saisons anymore. The spice is well done with the pepper adding bite instead of overly spicy esters that I'm not a fan of. This is an all around delicious beer. I'm highly impressed! (1,786 characters)

Photo of HattedClassic
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a very strong and foamy head that lasts for a long time. Some very nice lacing is left on the glass. The beer itself is a slightly hazy golden straw. The beer smell is interesting. The smell has the usual earthy and bitter smell of hops but the pepper and raisin are fairly prominent. The pepper mixes well with the earthy smell and the raisin add a bit of sweetness to balance it out a little bit. The taste is different. The bitter hops and the pepper dominate the taste and overwhelm the raisin. The sweetness comes out a little bit but not as much as in the smell. The beer has some crisp carbonation and medium bodied. The beer itself feels smooth with a very dry finish. Overall, a pretty good beer. The only that would make it perfect is if the raisins were more prominent in the taste. (808 characters)

Photo of vandemonian
3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Saison Blanc from The Lost Abbey is a spicy saison with some unripe fruit flavours. It's ok.

A: Straw yellow colour and a 3 mm head that fades leaving nice lacing. 4

S: Nice mix of malt and spice. Love the smell of the spicy saison yeast. 4.25

T: Light malt flavour with some unripe fruit flavours. A sharp spicy finish. 3.5

M: Quite highly carbonated. Foamy. 4

O: 3.75 (375 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 375mL corked & caged bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: medium golden hue with a haze-free body and a moderate effervescence. Head is a finger of frothy ivory foam. Not bad!

Smell: quite sweet with a light level of farmhouse funk. There's a mild fruitiness and a very light tang; not sure how much of that is attributable to the raisins, but it's definitely there. I like it.

Taste: the sweetness is a little subdued in the flavor, which has more of a grainy character and a bigger farmhouse bite. There's a light fruity tartness here which complements the overall effect well; there's also a spiciness which is subtle but complementary -- whether this is the pepper or just the saison funk, I don't know. In any case, it's balanced and satisfying.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a strong carbonation and big creaminess. Kudos!

Overall: this beer is tasty and drinkable. Definitely worth a try if you're a fan of the style. (942 characters)

Photo of WunderLlama
3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Corked bottle poured into a pint glass

Hazy yellow with no visible carbonation. Pours a massive, billowy, fluffy white head with plenty of lacings. Looks amazing.

Aroma of grass , citrus and spicy pepper.

Sour,mild bitterness on the front of the tongue. Grassy, citrus which reminds me of a hefeweizen . Can't taste the raisins or white pepper. Gentle sour and bitterness on the finish. Light mouthfeel.

This beer has me all over the place. Looks great but the sourness puts me off. (486 characters)

Photo of champ103
3.59/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazed golden/yellow color. At first a large rocky white head forms, and rises to over two fingers. The head gently recedes in a minute with light lace.
S: Earthy, grassy, and light citrus aromas. I think I get some raisins, but it is closer to a dry tannin like grape skin. Finishes with a peppery spice, and a bit of bitterness.
T: A bit earthy, and grassy. Lemon rind, and some white grape skins. White pepper. Green, leafy, tea like that is very astringent and bitter. That lingers on forever.
M/D: A light body with moderate carbonation. A nice puckering dryness that I enjoy. Still a bit on the thin side. Easy to drink. I am going through this bottle in no time.

Not a bad Saison. Very colorful flavors. The strong lingering astringency and bitterness keeps this from being special. Not something I would turn to often, but a nice curiosity every once in a while. (882 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that died down, leaving a thin head covering the surface and some lacing down the sides.
S: Moderate aromas of lemony citrus and peppery spices are present in the nose.
T: The taste resembles the smell, except that there is less of the lemon citrus and some notes of oak.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I found this beer to be pleasant. It has a lot of properties that a dry white wine exhibits, except it lacks the grape-like flavors. (646 characters)

Photo of tanarm
4.42/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Lovely clear pale yellow - looks like a pilsner. Best clarity on a Lost abbey beer I've ever seen... Quick to lacing.

Hops and funk on the nose. Sweetness too. Honeydew melon, some pineapple, and pepper spice. Really nice.

Grassy, herbal hop punch. Fades into fruity, yeasty notes, medium-high bitterness lingers. Slight bubblegum. Bitter melon, mango. Noble hops.

Good body for the low abv. Finish is bitter and crisp.

This is a really great session beer, and a good beer for a saison lover. Would have it again, and again. (528 characters)

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Saison Blanc from The Lost Abbey
85 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.